CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers are recovering following a multi-vehicle crash on Chicago’s South Side that also hurt a female driver. None of the injuries involved is considered life-threatening, police said.
The crash occurred around 5 p.m. Friday when a woman behind the wheel of a Cadillac turned onto W. 75th just as a police squad car was responding to an emergency in the area.
Both vehicles collided, with the impact sending both automobiles in opposite directions. The Cadillac crashed into a parked Mazda nearby; the CPD squad car struck what appeared to be a mobile light police generator and then a building.
Chicago fire personnel first responders transported four people to the hospital. According to Chicago fire, one CPD officer suffered critical injuries, while another suffered minor injuries. Ambulances transported both to the University of Chicago Hospital.
The 40-year-old woman arrived at the University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition.
Chicago fire said a fourth man arrived at St. Benard Hospital in good condition. Police said no pedestrians were struck or injured in this incident, however.
With his family’s permission, Gabriel Jones, 10, spoke with WGN News about the multi-vehicle accident that occurred just feet away from him. He was throwing a football with his cousins Jaden and James when he said he heard the sound of impact.
“I heard the boom turned around and saw all this smoke in the air,” Gabriel said. “I saw a bit bunch of smoke and debris flying everywhere.”
Jones said police instantly flooded the area to help their fellow officers. Bystanders also helped the injured woman.
“If somebody left her in that car, I don’t think she would have survived to be honest, because the airbag was all out in her face,” Gabriel said.
Police issued one citation to the woman for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.